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Reviews on Environmental Health

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Volume 31, Issue 1


E-waste issues in Sri Lanka and the Basel Convention

Inoka Suraweera
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  • Environmental and Occupational Health Unit, Ministry of Health, No. 464, T. B. Jayah Mawatha, Colombo 10, Sri Lanka
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Published Online: 2016-03-04 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/reveh-2015-0069


E-waste is hazardous, complex and expensive to treat in an environmentally sound manner. The management of e-waste is considered a serious challenge in both developed and developing countries and Sri Lanka is no exception. Due to significant growth in the economy and investments and other reasons the consumption of electronic and electrical equipment in Sri Lanka has increased over the years resulting in significant generation of e-waste. Several initiatives such as introduction of hazardous waste management rules, ratification of the Basel Convention in 1992 and the introduction of a National Corporate E-waste Management Program have been undertaken in Sri Lanka to manage e-waste. Strengthening policy and legislation, introducing methods for upstream reduction of e-waste, building capacity of relevant officers, awareness raising among school children and the general public and development of an e-waste information system are vital. Research on e-waste needs to be developed in Sri Lanka. The health sector could play a leading role in the provision of occupational health and safety for e-waste workers, advocacy, capacity building of relevant staff and raising awareness among the general public about e-waste. Improper e-waste management practices carried out by informal sector workers need to be addressed urgently in Sri Lanka.

Keywords: Basel Convention; e-waste; health sector; Sri Lanka


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About the article

Corresponding author: Inoka Suraweera, MD, Environmental and Occupational Health Unit, Ministry of Health, No. 464, T. B. Jayah Mawatha, Colombo 10, Sri Lanka, 01000, Phone: +94 714809450, E-mail:

Received: 2015-11-16

Accepted: 2015-11-16

Published Online: 2016-03-04

Published in Print: 2016-03-01

Citation Information: Reviews on Environmental Health, Volume 31, Issue 1, Pages 141–144, ISSN (Online) 2191-0308, ISSN (Print) 0048-7554, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/reveh-2015-0069.

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